Entrepreneurship

Visiting Media Lab Bayern [interview]

Stefan Sutor is Head of Strategy and Innovation at Media Lab Bayern. What’s the purpose of Media Lab Bayen? Stefan kindly takes for a tour in this tremendous entity. Nicolas Bry: Could tell us about your experience, and how you’ve joined the Media Lab Bayern? Stefan Sutor: As Head of Digital Strategy at the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting, ...

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Innovation Failure Lessons from Virgin, Pfizer, Rock n Roll

I was called up by Sir Richard Branson's first hire at Virgin Atlantic and recommended to contact a company called F*** Up Nights. Virgin's David Tait had spoken at one of their events in NYC on Virgin's more glorious failures and he thought I may have a story to share. Failure can be a much more powerful learning tool in business than success if we are willing to learn from it.

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Three Insights for Innovators from Elon Musk

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971. He got his first computer at the age of 8 and learned to program. At 17 he went to University in Canada and subsequently settled in the USA where he founded a company, Zip2, which provided online travel guides. Zip2 was an early internet success and in 1999 he sold it ...

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We Need To Stop Glorifying Startups

In David and Goliath, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explains how small upstarts often have surprising advantages over larger, more powerful opponents. “Giants are not what we think they are,” he writes, “and that often makes us fail to appreciate less conventional strategies that may be superior.” That’s certainly true in business. Large enterprises must serve the present. Things are expected of them. ...

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The Social Intrapreneur Guide

Emmanuel de Lutzel is VP Social Business at BNP Paribas, and an active a social intrapreneur. Based on intrapreneurs interviews and his own experience, he wrote the book ‘Transform your company from the inside: the social intrapreneur guide’, with Valérie de la Rochefoucauld-Drouâs in 2015. He kindly answer our questions about his book, about who social inrapreneurs are, and his ...

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Can You Prevent Your Idea from being Rejected?

When you have come up with great ideas the question is how to make them reality. In practice, I have learned that if they don’t fit your organizational goals, your idea will be rejected and nothing will materialize in the end. It is essential to check this fit as early as possible in your innovation journey. Fending off  ‘No’ The ...

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Going Back to the Garage: the rise of the Fintech intrapreneur

I recently attended a Fintech Meetup event involving 400 people present to hear the CEO of one of Australia’s four biggest banks speak about his innovation strategy. Unsurprisingly, it was to embrace innovation through technology and to create a people first culture. Interestingly, the people involved in organizing, hosting and even attending the event, seemed to be mostly ex-bankers, and ...

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Startups Studios: a new kind of startups and innovation accelerators

Startups Studios Startups Studios are a new kind of accelerators for innovation: instead of accelerating startups previously settled, like traditional incubators and accelerators do, they participate to the set-up of the start-up. A start-up studio is a company that starts companies: Sometimes they generate their own genuine ideas, and find out the right team to execute (like eFounders -focused on ...

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